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William Ernest Henley (Уильям Эрнст Хенли)


Villanelle


A dainty thing's the Villanelle.
Sly, musical, a jewel in rhyme,
It serves its purpose passing well.

A doublc-clappered silver bell
That must be made to clink in chime,
A dainty thing's the Villanelle;

And if you wish to flute a spell,
Or ask a meeting 'neath the lime,
It serves its purpose passing well.

You must not ask of it the swell
Of organs grandiose and sublime-
A dainty thing's the Villanelle;

And, filled with sweetness, as a shell
Is filled with sound, and launched in time,
It serves its purpose passing well.

Still fair to see and good to smell
As in the quaintness of its prime,
A dainty thing's the Villanelle,
It serves its purpose passing well. 



William Ernest Henley's other poems:
  1. A Wink from Hesper
  2. London Types: Bus Driver
  3. Before
  4. The Ways of Death Are Soothing and Serene
  5. In Rotten Row


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Ernest Dowson (Эрнест Доусон) Villanelle ("Come hither, child, and rest")

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